The Ludlow Homestead, c.1786, Claverack, New York. Owners Peter Spears and Brian Swardstrom purchased this beauty in 2009 and began a long restoration of this once grand home. While the two have a keen eye for period details, Spears was a Colonial American History major in college, they wanted to make the home comfortable and accessible. In an effort to remain true to the house and its origins, the couple tried to purchase antiques that had been made in the area, and would have been accessible to the original owners. I am most impressed by the duo’s use of color throughout the house, and their effort to use an historical color palate. As you can see in the photo above, the baseboard is painted black, a traditional 17th and 18th century paint technique which hid the scuff marks and dirt that would have been visible closer to the floor. The trim and cabinetry here is Farrow & Ball’s Buff.
The shutters at the Ludlow Homestead are Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green. For more photos and the whole story on the Ludlow Homestead, visit Elle Decor.
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